Supporting Students On Campus

Now in its 21st year, the OU-JLIC’s (Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) network of Campus Directors provides support for students at 25 campuses in the United States, Canada, and Israel. OU-JLIC fosters an ongoing commitment to Torah study and lifestyle and a warm, welcoming home for Jewish students on campus.
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Photo on left: Students gather in the Beit Midrash for one of many student-led Chaburot at the OU JLIC/TVA Summer in Jerusalem, a program that brought almost 100 college students to Israel to learn, intern, and volunteer for seven weeks.
4,783
total unique participants in spring 2021
980
kallot, 653 chattanim taught by directors and were mesader kedushin at 280 weddings to date
3,186
significant relationships with students in the Spring 2021 semester

REACHING COLLEGE STUDENTS

TRAINING NEW CAMPUS DIRECTORS

A yearlong Fellowship for Campus Professionals trains couples who are interested in advancing Jewish education, leadership, and community for college students in North America. Open to couples living in Israel and America, the intensive training consists of group meetings, support, and hands-on work with college students. The program offers an annual stipend with all related expenses paid.

THE WHAT AND WHY

ADDRESSING CHANGES IN JEWISH LIFE ON CAMPUS

OU-JLIC professionals on campus help young college students navigate the many challenges and influences they face day to day, including a sharp increase in anti-Zionism and antisemitism. College campuses have become the front lines for the struggle to maintain positive Israel sentiment and Jewish identity. In addition, students are affected by society’s attitudes toward gender and sexuality, while Jewish demographics continue to shift.

OU-JLIC DIRECTORS IN THE COMMUNITY

While a typical college campus is self-contained, cities such as Los Angeles, Toronto, and Atlanta have multiple campuses within the same community. In these cities, directors live in the communities they serve, which allows them to reach students across many campuses and stay in close contact with their alumni as their lives progress through graduate schools, marriage, and their own families. Los Angeles campuses include UCLA; California State University, Northridge; Santa Monica College; and Western University.

OU-JLIC West Coast Campus Directors serving UCLA, Western University, Santa Monica College, and California State University of Northridge (CSUN). From left: UCLA Campus Directors Rabbi Aryeh and Sharona Kaplan; Santa Monica College educators Rabbi Nick and Orit Faguet; Western University Campus Directors Dr. Rod and Dr. Daniella Najibi; and California State University, Northridge Campus Directors Rabbi Bryan and Sondra Borenstein at OU-JLIC West Coast’s annual fundraiser.nders care packages with Rabbi Joe Wolfson.


NY State Senator Simcha Felder meets with OU-JLIC Downtown students and young professionals along with Rabbi Joe Wolfson to thank them for having registered hundreds of his constituents for vaccine appointments as part of the Killing COVID with Kindness program.

OU-JLIC WEST COAST ALUMNI TURNED CAMPUS DIRECTORS

Rabbi Nick (SMC), Orit Faguet (SMC), and Dr. Rod Najibi (Western) are OU-JLIC UCLA alumni who grew up in LA and now live and work with OU-JLIC in LA. Dr. Daniella Najibi (Western) is an alum of UCLA Dental School. Rabbi Bryan Borenstein (CSUN) grew up in the Los Angeles Valley and Sondra Borenstein (CSUN) grew up in Ventura County.

OU-JLIC Atlanta directors Rabbi Ben and Rachel Atwood live within the Atlanta community and serve Emory, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech campuses as part of a part-time pilot program.


ATLANTA: NEW KIDS IN TOWN

In partnership with the Hillels of Georgia and Emory Hillel, the OU is piloting a part-time OU-JLIC program to serve the Atlantaarea Jewish community. The new OU-JLIC couple, Rabbi Ben and Rachel Atwood, will be working with Atlanta-area students from Emory University, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech. They will be providing Beit Midrash learning, Shabbat programming, social events, and pastoral care.

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